I'm not sure where they all came from but I know most of them stayed for the whole trip. It was a dismal day, I suppose some might say. Thick fog and a driving rain. No wonder they hitched a ride. A "darning needle" and the oddest little yellow bug I think I've ever seen and more varieties of flies than I imagined there were; a few very small mosquitos and a crab - hanging to the rudder.
They all found dry places. A few I saw struggling in puddles I provided a dry cloth so that the capillary action would pull the water from their wings and then as they sat on the cloth I moved them to the relative dry of the combing box.
As we arrived the sun finally came out and one by one my stowaways flew away. If you're curious I received not a single mosquito bite and did not kill any mosquitos but that is another story.
Somewhere along the line the crab swam off - I hoped far from the numerous traps.
I imagine this is a typical scenario and that insects "hitch a ride" and often travel much farther that the 45 or so nautical miles I covered that day.